The Mulwala Water Ski Club enjoyed well-deserved industry recognition at the Australian Club Entertainment (ACE) Awards on April 11, winning the Venue Award for Excellence and Commitment to Entertainment.
It was the club’s first entry into the ACE Awards and CEO Peter Duncan said he was thrilled to come away with the major award win.
“We were up against some tough competition in a few really big clubs so truthfully we were just happy to be named a finalist,” he said.
“When they announced we had won we were stoked – absolutely over the moon.”
The ACE Awards are for entertainers who work within the club industry including soloists, bands, technical personal etc.
There is just one opportunity for venues to be recognised for their commitment to the entertainment industry via nomination for the Venue Award for Excellence and Commitment to Entertainment.
The Mulwala Water Ski Club’s nomination was assessed based on its extensive and varied line-up of entertainment featured throughout 2016.
“We had to put together a nomination answering six specific questions about the entertainment we offer and the flow-on benefits for the surrounding businesses and communities,” said Mulwala Water Ski Club Promotions and Marking Manager Cathy Randell.
“We then included 85 pages of supporting documentation which included everything from coverage of events in the Chronicle, social media feedback and advertising of events.
“It was a lot of work and this was our first time entering so we weren’t really sure what to expect.”
The Venue Award for Excellence and Commitment to Entertainment is based on the club’s endeavour to provide entertainment that works for the club size, community members and guests.
A continued, demonstrated and fresh progressive approach to delivery, marketing and support as contribution to the entertainment industry is valued by the award judges.
The Mulwala Water Ski Club was named as finalist alongside Blacktown Workers Club, C.ex My Club Group Coffs Harbour, Club Sapphire in Merimbula, Diggers at Ettalong Beach, Revesby Workers’ Club, Stockton Bowling Club and Twin Towns Clubs and Resorts.
In naming the Mulwala Water Ski Club winner of the ACE Venue Award for Excellence and Commitment to Entertainment the judge’s said “Mulwala was the stand out winner. Their commitment to ‘live and free’ entertainment was outstanding.
“Their entertainment initiatives particularly Red Hot Summer not only benefited the club but also the wider community and region.
“Additionally their Ski Club’s Got Talent initiative is an amazing grass roots event that supports local up and coming stars. The prize money was also very generous for a small regional club.
“Their social media following was also impressive for a small regional club.”
Mr Duncan said the award win was made possible by the hard work of Greg Hough and Cathy Randell who work tirelessly to schedule entertainment and co-ordinate events along with valued help of Kaye Ferguson, particularly in the compilation of the award nomination.
“The award is acknowledgement of the commitment we have to putting on great entertainment, not just once a month or every now and then but week after week,” Mr Duncan said.
“When other clubs were cutting back on entertainment costs the board and management made a conscious decision to increase the spend.
“We made a commitment to continuing to provide entertainment and events for our members and visitors and also with a view of providing flow-on effects to the rest of Yarrawonga and Mulwala.
“We’ve been doing Red Hot Summer for 8 or 9 years and Ski Club’s Got Talent for 7 years and both those events continue to be big drawcards for us.
“A lot of work and a lot of time goes into the entertainment program but the benefit is worth it and it is great to have that hard work acknowledged by the industry.”